'Hook' and 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' Star Bob Hoskins is Retiring
Frankly, I'm just glad this isn't an obituary, but this news isn't much easier to swallow. BBC News has word that British actor Bob Hoskins is retiring from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the same affliction which Michael J. Fox has been fighting for years now. The 69-year old actor has opted to leave behind his profession in order to spend more time with his family. As someone who grew up seeing Hoskins in films like Hook and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (and yes, even Super Mario Bros.), this truly is a sad day for me and fans of the work Hoskins has put in over the past forty years. More below!
Though Hoskins career never brought him an Oscar, but he was certainly nominated for one with his performance in Neil Jordan's film Mona Lisa. The good news is that performance actually won him a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. Several more Globe nominations were sent his way for Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Mrs. Henderson Presents, the 2005 comedy from Stephen Frears. Hoskins also got some love on the small screen too earning an International Emmy for his work in the drama series "The Street."
Hoskins has always been a great supporting player with roles in Stay with Ewan McGregor, Michael with John Travolta, Nixon with Anthony Hopkins, Mermaids with Cher and Winona Ryder, The Cotton Club from director Francis Ford Coppola, and countless more TV series from across the pond. More recently, Hoskins had turned up in Snow White and the Huntsman as one of the dwarves and the miniseries "Neverland" with Rhys Ifans and Anna Friel, in which he revived his Hook role as Smee. We'll be sad that Hoskins will no longer be on the big screen, but thank him for all the great work and memories he's delivered to Hollywood throughout his fantastic career. You will be missed, sir.